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St Louis Symphony cancels concert amid city unrest

September 16, 2017 by norman lebrecht

37 comments.


Tonight’s SLSO Harry Potter concert has been cancelled.

The website says: This concert has been cancelled. We are actively working to reschedule this date. Ticket holders should hold on to their tickets, and our patron services team will reach out next week with additional information.

They add: We appreciate your patience as we continue to monitor events in St. Louis this weekend.

There were protests in the city Friday night after a white police officer was acquitted of killing a citizen.

U2 have also cancelled their Saturday concert in the tense city.


Comments (37)

  1. Petros Linardos says:

    St. Louis is the US city with the highest per capita rate of homicide.https://www.thetrace.org/2017/01/chicago-not-most-dangerous-city-america/

    1. John says:

      I’m not sure what that statistic has to do with the unrest currently in the city. SLSO doesn’t cancel ALL their concerts because of the murder rate. The trial surrounding the current unrest touches on a common thread that is going on all around the US right now. Please don’t conflate the two! Your observation seems shallow and quite off-point,

      1. Olassus says:

        He was just stating a fact.

        My one and only visit to Powell Hall, some 25 years ago, witnessed a severed hand lying in the empty street in broad daylight two blocks away. And no, I didn’t stop to report it.

        1. Ungeheuer says:

          Gruesome

        2. Cyril Blair says:

          Was it Halloween? Could have been a fake severed hand.

          1. Olassus says:

            That is possible, Cyril.

      2. Nicholas Stix says:

        “The trial surrounding the current unrest touches on a common thread that is going on all around the US right now. Please don’t conflate the two!”

        The two are inseparable. The blacks refuse to obey the law, and consider any act by a white policeman stopping them from committing a crime, to itself be a racist crime.

        1. Petros Linardos says:

          Can you present any statistics for the astronomical rates? In the US, 75 % of inmates are Christian.

        2. William Safford says:

          Troll.

    2. Bruce says:

      Is it also the highest per capita in murders by policemen?

  2. Adalrico Buccho says:

    Whatever a “Harry Potter” concert is, this character and its fake author, who promote the destruction of families, should be expunged:

    http://mileswmathis.com/potter.pdf

    Quote: “Tolkien made the hobbits ignorant and provincial, but through the actions and explanations of both Gandalf and Frodo, we understand why they are worth saving from the Dark Lord. In Potter, we have none of that, the muggles as described being completely expendable. This is no accident, since it is exactly how the current Elders see it.”

  3. Steve P says:

    A few corrections: police officer was found not guilty of murder. He was not “acquitted of killing a citizen.”
    Also, the citizen, Anthony Lamar Smith, was on parole for – among other things – weapons charges and drug dealing. Solid citizen? Hardly.
    Just fleshing out your story, NL, so readers not familiar with your style can get a clearer picture.
    PS: personally, I think the cop should have been tried for manslaughter – much lower threshold to prove guilt. Murder is extremely difficult to prove in this situation; In America, that doesn’t seem to stop overzealous DA’s from overplaying their hand with these types of show trials.

    1. Cyril Blair says:

      Our system of law doesn’t require someone to be a “solid citizen” in order not to be killed by police.

    2. Cyril Blair says:

      The officer didn’t just kill the citizen, he also planted a gun in the citizen’s car (the officer’s DNA was found on the gun).

      Just fleshing out your story, Steve P, so readers not familiar with your style can get a clearer picture.

      1. Nicholas Stix says:

        “The officer didn’t just kill the citizen, he also planted a gun in the citizen’s car (the officer’s DNA was found on the gun).”

        That’s an assertion, not a fact, which the presiding judge rejected.

        1. Scotty says:

          Or it’s a fact that the judge chose to rationalize.

          1. Steve P says:

            Or it was found to be theory, not a fact, this not useful in determining guilt or innocence in a criminal trial.
            For the civil trial, though, this could prove to be damning evidence of evidence tampering.

    3. William Safford says:

      Let us discuss a few other revealed facts:

      – The LEO chased Mr. Smith “for three miles at speeds of more than 80 miles an hour, shot him without provocation and then planted a .38-caliber revolver in Mr. Smith’s car.”

      – “A recording device inside the police car…captured Mr. Stockley saying to his partner, not long before the shooting: ‘Going to kill this’ person, he said using an expletive, ‘don’t you know it.'”

      – “As he moved toward Mr. Smith’s car, Mr. Stockley carried his own AK-47, an unauthorized weapon, as well as his service gun.”

      There is also some question about the impartiality of the judge. His 30-page verdict included the following quote:

      “…[A]n urban heroin dealer not in possession of a firearm would be an anomaly.”

      Hmmmm.

      It is almost impossible to obtain a conviction in the U.S. against an LEO, as evidenced by this acquittal.

      At least the family obtained a $900,000 wrongful-death settlement.

      It is entirely possible that this Mr. Smith deserved to be convicted by a jury of his peers, and maybe gone to prison.

      He did not deserve to be killed. He deserved his day in court.

      For shame that the LEO’s day in court, considering all mentioned above and more, led to an acquittal.

      For shame that minorities are treated with such bias and so badly in the U.S.

      Would he still be alive were he white? Probably.

      (Quotes from: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/15/us/jason-stockley-anthony-lamar-smith-st-louis-officer.html)

  4. All the virtuecrats here claiming to fight for the rights of minorities are typical back-seat drivers. They don’t have to deal with those minority people in the real life. I am wondering what they would say if they are forced to live in a minority neighborhood.

    If the police don’t do something, they will get killed. Furthermore, innocent, solid citizens will get killed. What should the police do? They just do their jobs.

    What happen if police aren’t allowed to do their jobs? Do we really need more No-Go-Areas in our countries? We don’t feel safe when riding subway in London …

    1. V. Lind says:

      If you live in London, with your name you area minority. Or perhaps not. Perhaps you are a UK citizen — like so many people of colour who are presumably the ones you are disparaging.

      Watch your mouth, and your attitude. Brits are not keen on master races.

      1. Fact is, the Brits once boasted they had an empire on which the sun never sets, themselves being the master race of their colonies scattered across the globe.

      2. Nicholas Stix says:

        “Watch your mouth, and your attitude. Brits are not keen on master races.”

        Ah, so the Moslem Pakistanis, blacks, etc., who commit astronomical rates of crime, and are bankrupting the fisc enjoy freedom of speech, but whites must muzzle themselves. Sounds like a thuggish threat that underscores every criticism of non-white immigration.

        You use the word “Brits,” but I do not think you know what it means.

        1. Scotty says:

          In the predominately black neighborhood in Chicago in which I was raised, there was more to fear from interactions with the police than from my neighbors.

    2. Cyril Blair says:

      What an ugly comment. “Back-seat drivers” who don’t “have to deal with” minorities in real life? If you live in a large American city chances are you are around minorities and non-minorities and the vast majority of both get along fine with each other. I’ve had more trouble “dealing with” very rich white people.

      As for the police “just doing their jobs,” yes, the good ones do. Unfortunately there are a lot of bad police too, who end up killing people, torturing people, harassing people.

      1. Minorities living in your area are of course more like you than the ones living in the so-called “no-go-areas”. The minorities you meet in your daily and professional life are mostly musicians, researchers, engineers, financial analysts and other ordinary, no-glamour, but hard-working solid citizens. However, the minorities this police has to deal with on daily basis are something totally different. They are drug and weapon dealers, long-time unemployed persons and ex-criminals etc. For him it’s not about PC but about the safety of the community or even life and death.

        People here often readily belittle non-musicians’ comments as illiterate and ignorant about music. But at the same time, these hypocrites think they are entitled to judge a police how he should handle a crime suspect, although they know nothing about the situation nor the persons involved.

        All in all, I think we should learn from the great Carlo Maria Giulini, the man who refused to judge. He said the following when talking about Furtwängler, which IMHO is also valid for our case.

        “It is very, very difficult to judge the position of a man. It is difficult for you in American to understand the problems we had in Europe. It is difficult to put yourself in a position, in a special moment (in history) that is impossible to imagine if you didn’t live in that time. The last thing I should do is express my position on this point. I had my personal political position, I took my position — very precise. I was not a fascist, and at the moment I had to make a strong decision, and also a dangerous decision, I took it. But I am not in a position to do any criticism of another person.”

      2. Specifically about this case: first and foremost, it was a police who killed a criminal suspect while fulfilling his duty of keeping order and safety, not a white man killed a black guy! You can not simplify the case in this way.

        If there are any evidence of wrong-doings and racism issues, then we can talk about it and make the responsible person get the consequences he deserves. But apparently no one is interested in what really happened anymore, because only “black life matters”.

        1. Bruce says:

          What country do you live in?

          1. I wish I were living in the north pole, together with ice bears.

            Yesternight, I listened to a radio program produced by Glenn Gould called “the idea of north”. I got to know this piece several years ago, but still find it highly intriguing upon anew listening. I especially like the ending with Sibelius 5, which must be one of Glenn Gould’s favorite pieces, although I am not sure whether it is the Karajan recording he admired tremendously.

            http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2110370208

            But there is nowhere to escape …

          2. Olassus says:

            Bruce, see V. Lind’s suggestion below.

    3. William Safford says:

      Let us be clear. In many parts of this country, the police are not there to protect citizens. They are there as an armed occupying force.

      For evidence of this, juxtapose the police reactions to, say, Ferguson, MO, to the shootings by Hell’s Angels at a restaurant in Waco, Texas:

      https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/us/waco-texas-biker-gang-shooting.html

      https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/18/us/motorcycle-gang-shootout-in-waco-texas.html

      Riot gear against black protesters in MO, vs. no riot gear in the midst of a bloodbath by white criminal murderers.

      Food for thought.

  5. Scotty says:

    The “experiences” of the authors of the ugly, racist, stereotyping comments in this thread appear to be drawn from watching movies and television shows. It would be helpful if these commenters identified the sources of their information as well as where they’re from and where they live.

    It takes actually living in the States to understand that the dice are loaded in the game between the people in power and African-American and Latino minorities.

    1. Steve P says:

      I live in a southern state and work in a majority minority school. My experiences with race relations early in life certainly exposed many racial stereotyping elements: my mother was raised in Montgomery during the bus boycott, so her sentiments were shaped by her environment.
      As for me, I have seen a dramatic shift in racial attitudes on both sides: much more compassion and tolerance from the majority (white) and much more intolerance and stereotyping from the minority (especially blacks). This is my experience and I don’t expect someone not raised or living where I live to understand how many examples I base my opinions on. But I love all races and religions and get along fine in social and professional situations with everyone.

    2. William Safford says:

      “[M]y kids are smart, educated, beautiful, polite children. There have been smart, educated, beautiful, polite black children for hundreds of years. The advantage that my children have is that my children are encountering the nicest white people that America has ever produced. Let’s hope America keeps producing nicer white people.”

      –Chris Rock

      Our country does not have a black problem. It has, and continues to have, a white problem.

  6. V. Lind says:

    I suggest some of you look at the site that Analeck Kram-Hammerbauer’s link leads to.

    Yikes.

    1. Yes, and please remember to leave a like and subscribe ~~

      1. V. Lind says:

        I would sooner dine on elephant vomit.


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